The TraceTogether token is protected to make use of and transmits at a decrease energy than even cell phones, stated the Authorities yesterday.
It was addressing a video making the rounds on-line final week suggesting the token exposes a consumer to a excessive stage of radiation, forward of obligatory SafeEntry check-ins utilizing the TraceTogether app or token from tomorrow.
A submit yesterday morning on the Authorities’s fact-checking web site Factually stated that the token, which helps the authorities with Covid-19 contact tracing, makes use of Bluetooth low vitality to ship and obtain knowledge.
The token “transmits at a decrease energy than many shopper communications gadgets – equivalent to cell phones, Bluetooth headphones, audio system and sensible watches”, stated the submit.
It added that the token has been examined by an impartial laboratory and is “properly inside Singapore’s regulatory limits for short-range gadgets” and is “protected for on a regular basis use”.
The submit famous that there are strict limits on the transmission energy of such gadgets, based mostly on worldwide requirements and tips from the Worldwide Fee on Non-Ionising Radiation Safety. The fee is an impartial worldwide organisation recognised by the World Well being Organisation.
Final week, a video clip surfaced on-line and on social media claiming to indicate the quantity of electrical and magnetic area emissions from the TraceTogether token.
The 2min 30sec clip exhibits an individual utilizing a radio frequency meter to measure the quantity of radiation from the token.
When he brings the meter over the token, the utmost and peak readings on the meter spike, though the common studying is way decrease.
When he covers the token with a “shielding material” to indicate what folks can do concerning the radiation, the meter’s peak and common readings fall, though the utmost studying seems to be as excessive as earlier than.
The clip doesn’t evaluate readings for different digital gadgets, equivalent to cell phones, with the token’s.
The Authorities Know-how Company, which helped to develop the token, urged the general public yesterday to not be “misinformed by faux information”. “There isn’t a concern with the radiation emitted from the token,” it stated on Fb, reiterating factors from the Factually submit.